The St. Francisville Board of Aldermen agreed at its Jan. 26 meeting to hire landscape architect Joseph Furr to create a master design for the town.

The agreement includes a preliminary design for St. Francisville’s gateways, the town center and U.S. 61 corridor enhancements, traffic-calming strategies and street improvements to Royal, Commerce and Ferdinand streets.

“The intent of the project is to develop the corridor as a defined streetscape along the U.S. Highway 61 corridor through the town of St. Francisville,” according to Furr’s proposal.

The board authorized $23,000 for the plan that will include design, construction documents and state Department of Transportation and Development permitting of the signs and the developed areas around them and bidding. Furr will coordinate the gateways with the town’s master plan.

Furr submitted a cost estimate of $600,000 for the entire project, but according to Mayor Billy D’Aquilla, the town doesn’t have that kind of money to spend on a beautification project and will have to work in phases.

“We’ll see what he comes up with for a preliminary design, then pick and choose what projects we want to fund,” D’Aquilla said.

Also at the meeting, auditor Mike LeBlanc, of Postlethwaite & Netterville, submitted his audit of the town and commended the record-keeping of the staff, specifically Town Clerk Shannon Sturgeon.

“It was the cleanest audit report we could have, and the board gave them a commendation for their excellent work,” D’Aquilla said. “There was not one negative thing in the report.”