ST. FRANCISVILLE — Sewer impact fees may be one of the recommendations of a study on the impact of future development on the town's sewer collection and treatment facility.

The Board of Aldermen received a draft Tuesday of the Villavaso & Associates study, which when complete is likely to recommend impact fees to ease the financial burden on the town's residents to accommodate growth.

Mayor Billy D'Aquilla asked the aldermen to study the report for possible action at a meeting next month. The firm said it needs more information on the system's flow rates and capacity before it recommends the amount of fees to be collected from developers.

The report draft says the study is aimed at the impact of future development on the wastewater system, but the more pressing issue facing the system is its treatment plant location in the Mississippi River-Bayou Sara floodplain and increased flooding at the site.

"These findings lead Villavaso & Associates to recommend exploring a funding mechanism for acquiring property outside of the floodplain and building a new wastewater treatment plant," the report draft says.

In another matter, the board concurred with D'Aquilla's appointment of Ben Klein as the town's assistant attorney, succeeding Leslie Daniel.

Daniel thank the aldermen for allowing her to serve in that position but said she wants to spend more time with her son as he participates in sports and other programs.

Jesse Means is the town attorney.

In other action, the board:

  • Heard from Glen D. Womack, of Catahoula Parish, a candidate for the state Senate District 32 seat in the Oct. 12 primary election. Womack, a Franklin Parish native, is a contractor who is involved in utility management, agriculture construction, trucking and directional drilling activities. The district includes all of Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin and LaSalle parishes, as well as parts of West Feliciana, Avoyelles, Concordia, Ouachita, Rapides and Richland parishes.
  • Authorized D'Aquilla to find solutions to an erosion problem and some crumbling bricks at Market Hall, a Royal Street historic building owned by the town.
  • Approved a design change for a Tractor Supply Co. building under construction on U.S. 61 north of La. 10, allowing the company to substitute stucco for brick on the side walls.