MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD, 2020 at 5:30 P.M.
 
The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Public Hearing/Regular Meeting this 23rd day of June 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.   We will practice safe distance measures and allow up to 50% occupancy including Mayor, Aldermen, staff and members of the public.  As a courtesy to those not comfortable attending in person, you may view the meeting through Facebook Live on the town’s Facebook page - TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE. For those unable to attend, public comments can be emailed 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 Tuesday, June 29, 2020 at 4:00 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, June 28, 2020 at 4:00 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 Gigi Robertson, Alderman Susie Tully and Alderman Bryan Kelley.  Also, present, Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon and Deputy Clerk Stacy Orr.
 
Absent: Alderman Abby T. Cochran and Police Chief Scott Ford.
 
Prayer led by: Jesse Means
Pledge led by: John Barrow Klein
 
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of June 9, 2020.   All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
 
OPEN PUBLIC HEARING
Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-3 opened at 5:32 p.m.
 
1.     Open Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-3.  An ORDINANCE setting base salaries for elected municipal officers. (Aldermen & Mayor Salary Increase). 
*Raises do not go into effect until January 1, 2021 after the new Mayor and Board of Aldermen take office.
a.     Public Comments for Ordinance 2020-3
No public comments submitted.
 
b.     Close Public Comment for Ordinance 2020-3
 
2.     Open Public Hearing for Ordinance 2020-2. An ORDINANCE Amending an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2019 and Ending June 30, 2020 and Adopting an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2020 and Ending June 30,2021. 
 
a.     Public Comments for Ordinance 2020-2
No public comments submitted.
 
b.     Close Public Comment for Ordinance 2020-2
 
Close Public Hearing and Enter Regular Meeting at 5:33 p.m.
 
*Alderman Abby T. Cochran joined the meeting at 5:33 p.m.
 
 
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.     David Bailey of Bailey Cable / Equipment Relocation
Mr. David Bailey of Bailey Cable requested authorization for relocation of the companies tower and satellite equipment from the hospital to the property behind Bailey Cable.  After discussion, it was determined the following items would need to be provided:  A drawing showing his installation plans to scale and establish ownership of the land and size of the property.   Once those items have been submitted, it would have to be determined if it is allowed per the zoning ordinance and a permit would be required.  Item tabled until the July 14th meeting to allow Mr. Bailey to submit the required documentation.
 
*Police Chief Scott Ford joined the meeting at 5:41 p.m.
 
2.     PEC Report
·      Cast Iron Water Main Replacement:  Town received additional funding from FY 2020 LGAP and CWEF Grants.  PEC has commenced work on water line project design.  Will likely not need servitudes based on abstracts found.  Field work on east side of Royal Street has commenced.   PEC is researching going to the west side of Royal Street as well.
·      Water and Gas Meters Upgrade and Automation:  Under Review.
·      Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation: Preliminary analysis for the plant’s relocation is continuing, including research of potential plant sites and force main routes.  All abstract work has been completed and the partial property survey has been received.  Town is continuing to pursue funding avenues for the project.  Options already applied for are: State Capital Outlay and DOTD Statewide Flood Control Program.
·      Commerce Street Drainage Improvements: Re-evaluating plan to accommodate overall area drainage.  All survey field work has been completed.  Discovered conflict box (flow reduction) and need to research its purpose.
 
3.     Resolution 2020-9. A Resolution Authorizing Mayor D’Aquilla to submit a pre-application, application, and issue debt in the amount of $5,500,000.00 to the Department of Environmental Quality on behalf of the Town of St. Francisville. 
 
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Abby T. Cochran to remove this item from the agenda.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
 
4.     Discuss and/or Take Action on Sewer Moratorium
The Mayor and Aldermen discussed implementing a sewer moratorium for Major Subdivisions which would apply for developments of 5 lots or more until a new waste water treatment facility is built.  Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein will draft an ordinance to be introduced at the next meeting.
 
5.     Ordinance 2020-3.  An ORDINANCE setting base salaries for elected municipal officers.  
 
Motion made by Bryan Kelley, seconded by James R. Leake to adopt Ordinance 2020-3 setting base salaries for elected municipal officials as follows:  Mayor:  $2,000.00 per month.  Councilmen:  $500.00 per month.
Yeas:  James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson & Bryan Kelley
Nays: none
Absent:  none
Abstained:  Susie Tully
Motion passed.
 
6.     Adopt Ordinance 2020-02.   An ORDINANCE Amending an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2019 and Ending June 30, 2020 and Adopting an Operating Budget of Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2020 and Ending June 30,2021. 
 
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Bryan Kelley to adopt Ordinance 2020-02.
Yeas:  James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson, Susie Tully & Bryan Kelley
Nays: none
Absent:  none
Abstained:  none
Motion passed.
 
7.     Discuss and/or Take Action on Sales Tax Increase to Fund Sewer Improvements.
Bond Attorney Michael Hessburg was introduced to the Board of Aldermen.  Mr Hessburg will  be guiding the town thru the process of getting a sales tax added to the ballot for the purpose of building a new waste water treatment facility.  The following Notice Sales Tax Intent to Call Election was read in to the record as follows: 
St. Francisville Mayor and Board of Alderman
 
PROPOSE SALES AND USE TAX
PURSUANT TO LA. R.S. 42:19.1
 
            NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVENthat the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana will meet on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand, St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775, at which time they will consider calling an election to levy a ½% sales and use tax for the purpose of constructing, acquiring, extending, expanding, improving, maintaining, operating, and decommissioning sewerage facilities (including but not being limited to sewerage treatment facilities) serving the Town of St. Francisville, and acquiring immovable property, servitudes, and equipment related thereto.
 
8.     Resolution 2020-8.  A Resolution Giving Authorization to Request Direct Payments from the State of Louisiana from the Allocation of Funds to the State of Louisiana from the Coronavirus Relief Fund Created by the Cares Act. 
 
Motion made by Abby T. Cochran, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adopt Resolution 2020-8.  All in favor, none apposed.  Motion carried.
 
9.     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 – Main Street Manager, Laurie Walsh
                        
10.  Adjournment
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to adjourn the meeting at 6:34 p.m.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion carried.
           
_____________________                                                      _________________________
Shannon Sturgeon, Clerk                                                        William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor

Minutes - Town Aldermen