ST. FRANCISVILLE — The Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to revoke the town’s claims to a small portion of Feliciana Street, located north of Prince Street across from the jail.
Local attorney Michael Hesse said the property, which is adjacent to a vacant home, will revert to the private property owners, who intend to sell it.
“We’ve done this several times because of the way the streets are laid out,” Mayor Billy D’Aquilla said. He said he expects the vacant house and the property to be put up for sale in the near future. He said the piece of land is so small, it will have virtually no impact on the town, which will still reserve right to all existing servitudes for rights of way and utilities.
In another matter, D’Aquilla said the town received an invoice from West Feliciana Parish for repairs to the Burnett Road Bridge, which had been closed for nearly a month and recently reopened. He said he was pleased that the cost was just over $19,000.
“We can move some money around to pay for it, and I’d like to thank the parish for their help,” D’Aquilla said.
The board also discussed a capital outlay from the state of $535,000 to replace the existing Burnett Road structure with a new bridge. Because the appropriation has been deemed an emergency project, D’Aquilla said, the required 25 percent match by the town has been waived, saving the town more than $130,000.
D’Aquilla said the project will take more than a year to plan, design and build.
As for the ongoing issue of safety on Royal Street, and whether to make the historic road a one-way street, a public hearing has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Town Hall.
“It’s the oldest street in town,” D’Aquilla said. “We want to keep it safe.”