MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN, ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2020 at 5:30 P.M.
 
The Town of St. Francisville Board of Aldermen met in Regular Meeting this 25th day of August 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, August 25, 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, August 24, 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 5:37 p.m. with the following members present: Mayor William H. D’Aquilla, Alderman James R. Leake, Alderman Gigi Robertson and Alderman Susie Tully. Also present,  Town Attorney Jesse Means, Assistant Town Attorney Ben Klein, Police Chief Scott Ford, Main Street Manager Laurie Walsh, Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon and Deputy Clerk Stacy Orr.
 
Absent: Alderman Abby T. Cochran and Alderman Bryan Kelley
 
Prayer led by: Jesse Means
Pledge led by:  Ben Klein
 
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Gigi Robertson to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of August 11, 2020.   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 comments made.
 
New Business
 
PEC Update – Bianca Hillhouse
Cast Iron Water Main Replacement: PEC is continuing with the design for the east side of Prosperity Street.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation: Preliminary analysis for the plant’s relocation is continuing, including research of potential plant sites and force main routes.  The town is continuing to pursue funding avenues for the project. 
Commerce Street Drainage Improvements:PEC received two bids on the project out of the 5 requests for proposals sent out.  The low bid was submitted by H&H Projects of Denham Springs in the amount of $90,390.00 (see attached bid tabulation), which is approximately $23,000.00 above the engineer’s estimate.  The Town may wish to proceed with the award, or we could re-bid (either again by requests for proposals including additional Contractors or by full 25-day advertisement in the newspaper).
 
Review and/or Take Action on Bids for the Commerce Street Drainage Improvement Project
Motion made by Gigi Robertson, seconded by Susie Tully to reject the two bids submitted and allow PEC to seek out additional proposals.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion passed.
 

David Bailey of Bailey Cable / Equipment Relocation

David Bailey was advised that the current zoning of his property does not allow for a tower to be installed.  His only course of action would be to submit an application for request of rezoning from BMX (Business Mixed Use) to IS (Institutional) to planning and zoning.
 
Discuss Release of Gas Service Area Franchise for the Bluffs to Gas Utility District No. 1 of West Feliciana Parish
Motion made by James R. Leake, seconded by Susie Tully to authorize Mayor D’Aquilla to sign the PARTIAL TRANSFER OF NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM SERVICE AREA agreement transferring the gas service area franchise for the Bluffs to Gas Utility District No. 1 of West Feliciana Parish.  All in favor, none opposed.  Motion passed.
 
Departmental Updates – Mayor D’Aquilla
 

a.     Mayor’s Comments – Mayor D’Aquilla
            *Budget provided for board 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

                        
2.     Adjournment
Motion made by Susie Tully, seconded by Gigi Robertson to adjourn the meeting at 6:18 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Minutes - Town Aldermen