ST. FRANCISVILLE — One of the town’s three water wells has a small leak necessitating the well’s closure, consultant Bianca Hillhouse told the St. Francisville Board of Aldermen on Aug. 11.
The small hole in the casing of the well on Prosperity Street is at a depth of roughly 1,300 feet below the ground’s surface and was discovered when a camera was inserted by a crew working on the well. Hillhouse, of Professional Engineering Consultants, said when water is sucked into the pipe, sand seeps in through the opening.
She suggested two options. The casing in the hole could be repaired, but the procedure would be somewhat risky and if it doesn’t work, the well could be rendered useless. The other option is to drill a new well near the existing well, but that option is much more costly. She said she will report to the board with cost estimates for both options and whether other funding sources might be available.
“There’s no water shortage, but we want to keep that well,” Mayor Billy D’Aquilla said. “It’s not hurting our water supply; the town can operate at full capacity with two wells. We have a well in Hardwood and one on Parker Street that provide us with plenty of water. It’s mostly a backup, but it’s something we can’t wait on; we need to get it back online.”
Later, consultant Cliff Deal provided the board with a cost estimate of roughly $30,000 for the restoration project of the caboose on Ferdinand Street. He said the caboose has a safety issue and a condition that make the repair work necessary.
“The caboose would be a great public relations or marketing gateway for the town and the parish,” Deal said. He will put together a bid package and present it at a future meeting.
Also, with political season approaching, Police Chief Scott Ford said he’s starting to see campaign signs around town. He said the ordinance is very specific and signs should not be put out until after the qualifying deadline, which is in September. The signs can be placed only on private property and in residential areas, and the total sign area cannot exceed 8 square feet. In all other zoned areas, the total sign area must not exceed 16 square feet. Candidates are required to remove the signs within five days of the end of their bid for office or the completion of the election.