ST. FRANCISVILLE — St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla updated the Board of Aldermen on a plan to improve the town’s fire hydrants and in some cases, replace older ones where needed.
A total of $70,000 funded by two state grants will be used for the work, D’Aquilla said.
“The hydrants are about $5,000 apiece, and we have the money through the grants to do this work,” D’Aquilla said Tuesday.
Additional funding from another grant will be used to extend a new 8-inch diameter water pipeline from Elm Street along U.S. 61 to near the Best Western hotel. D’Aquilla said enough money should be left from that project to also fund replacing a 4-inch pipeline with a 6-inch line in the Villa Rose subdivision.
“Replacing those lines, adding capacity should help the town’s fire rating, which is a 3 right now,” D’Aquilla said. “We have a very good rating for a town our size.”
Typically, the higher the rating on a 10-point scale, the higher the insurance rates paid by a community’s homeowners and businesses.
D’Aquilla said soil work will begin soon by a geotechnical company in the area around the bridge that crosses Barnett Road near the new parish library. The report will be forwarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he said.
Member Abby Cochran also told the board the Capitol Region Planning Commission has agreed to conduct a traffic study after meeting with residents concerned about the volume of cars on Royal Street. Some residents are seeking to make the road that runs through the historic area a one-way street. Cochran said a report will be submitted after the study is completed with the CRPC findings.
D’Aquilla said the town will receive a bid from Ins and Outs Nursery to place baskets with live plants on the town’s light poles. He said maintenance will be taken care of by the nursery.
Also, the mayor said the town hired Louis Calvert as a full-time police officer to replace Robert Williams, who went to work in Clinton. James Allen also was hired as a part-time officer.