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|Drainage issues -- flooded home and church -- heard at Police Jury meeting|
The Concordia Parish Jury agreed Monday night to continue to search for solutions to drainage problems after a home and church were flooded last week.
A storm system moved through the parish last Thursday and Friday dumping from two to four inches of rain.
Church members at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church said they had to rip out the saturated carpet from the building following the heavy rains.
Rashea Bailey of 617 Concordia Park said she was aroused by an unusual noise early Friday morning. When she got out of bed to investigate she stepped into "ankle deep water."
The sound that awakened her, she said, was the storm raging outside and water trickling inside. She immediately went to her two young children who were sleeping.
Bailey said that since their shoes were drenched from the flood waters, the three journeyed shoeless into the night for help. She even grabbed a rake later, she said, and tried to remove debris from a drainage ditch, but it did nothing to help drain the water left by the flash flood.
"What do I do?" she asked jurors.
Some jurors had visited the Ridgecrest church site and others the Bailey home. Surveys by the parish's engineering firm will be conducted at each site to determine the best route to improve the drainage.
Jurors and church members from Ridgecrest Baptist Church were to meet with parish engineers this week to discuss both properties, while some ditching work will be done at Bailey's home in Concordia Park.
Several jurors said that both properties are located on low ground.
In other business, juror Willie Dunbar said he felt the Recreation District No. 3 Board of Directors should hold a public hearing before purchasing land for a recreational facility in Vidalia.
"The people should be given a voice in this before the property is purchased," said Dunbar.
Catherine Cartwright said recreational facilities are needed in other areas of town such as Concordia Park and Vail Acres.
Juror Randy Temple said the board can purchase land without the Jury's permission.
Jury President Melvin Ferrington said that the Jury's permission would be needed only if the board wanted to borrow money.
The recreation district currently has $1.5 million in certificates of deposit and receives between $250,000 to $270,000 through its tax millage. The board estimates that a recreational complex would cost about $10 million.
The board is considering purchasing 20 acres, at a cost of $340,000 -- $17,000 per acre. In all some 50 acres behind Wal-Mart is being considered with the City of Vidalia proposing to buy approximately 30 acres adjacent to the rec board's 20 acres.
In other business, the Jury:
• Set a five-ton load limit on Ferry Road.
• Called for public hearings on setting 15-mile per hour speed limits on Frasier Road and Peal Cross Road.
• Voted to seek more proposals for draperies for the Police Jury office.
• Voted to place speed ordinance signs at three locations on Lake Concordia.
• Appointed Mrs. Jackie Hickman to the Lake St. John Waterworks District to fill the unexpired term of Mrs. Betty King.
• Agreed to pay Police Jury dues of $6,400.
• Voted to pay travel expenses for J.P.'s and Constables Training Convention.
• Voted to transfer $35,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
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