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|McGlothin views next term as Ferriday mayor|
Mayor-elect Glen McGlothin told Ferriday Chamber members Tuesday to disregard any rumors that there is any animosity between him and current Mayor Gene Allen, who McGlothin beat by 31 votes in the general election earlier this month.
"We talked for a good 30 minutes the other day," McGlothin said. "We both love Ferriday and want what's best for this town. The race is done. It's not about me or Gene. He's still the mayor and he earned the respect."
McGlothin will be starting a fourth term as mayor on July 1 after losing by 71 votes to Allen in 2004.
"The best term limits are an election," McGlothin said.
McGlothin talked on four different subjects at the meeting - water, police, recreation and downtown.
Each subject carried the same theme.
"It's going to take everybody working together to get Ferriday to where we want it to be," McGlothin said. "It's not something I can do by myself."
McGlothin said he is not making wholesale changes, but "there are some policemen who need new vocations."
The mayor-elect said the police department will not stop writing tickets, although Ferriday gets a bad rap because places such as Sicily Island, Gilbert and Woodworth write just as many.
"But people will be treated with respect," he said. "Police officers do not work for the police chief or mayor, they work for the citizens of Ferriday."
McGlothin said only the police chief and investigator will take police cars home.
"That helps with liability and gas," he said.
McGlothin said he pushed for the police chief to be elected four years ago.
"That makes him accountable to the people who vote him in," he said.
McGlothin said he would also like to have a city judge instead of the mayor running city court.
"I still have someone mad at me from 1988 who got a DUI," he said.
As for recreation, McGlothin said he wants the children of Ferriday to have something to do year-round.
"If we're going to have recreation, let's do it right," he said. "I would love to have a swimming pool, but we need to have someone to maintain it."
McGlothin said Ferriday will never have good water from its current plant.
"The problem with the water is the people who built the plant," McGlothin said. "It was supposed to be for Ridgecrest, Crestview and Clayton, but that didn't happen. It was built for 5,000 customers, but we've got 2,400. We got a Cadillac for a Volkswagon budget."
McGlothin will seek a grant to drill a well.
"Concordia Waterwork's water line runs right by our plant," McGlothin said. "They need customers. It sounds like a good marriage to me."
McGlothin said another option is putting a weir in Old River.
"If we can keep the water level consistently high, it would be good for water and for fishing."
McGlothin said it will take several small businesses coming in to improve Ferriday.
"We have two jewels sitting on the corner of downtown in the museum and Arcade," McGlothin said. "We need to expand on that. We're not going to be a Nashville, but there is no reason we can't have something like the Louisiana Hayride here."
McGlothin said the $1.2 million promised from Wal-Mart, which sent the town a check for $300,000 earlier this year, will go toward recreation and downtown projects.
"People need to find a niche that will be competitive with Wal-Mart.
McGlothin said he will meet with the ministerial alliance every three months and with business owners.
"I'm more mellow and I've learned to listen," he said. "I learned a lot from (Vidalia Mayor) Hyram Copeland. I have always been proud of Ferriday and I'm still proud of Ferriday."
McGlothin said he is also newly-elected president of the Miss-Lou Tourism Committee, which is comprised for 26 parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi.
"We don't have four lanes or a railroad," McGlothin said. "We need to pray that Vidalia gets the port. We don't want people coming down from Arkansas and turning to go to Vicksburg or Monroe. We want them to come down (Hwy.) 65 and see how beautiful these rural communities are. If they would do it once, I guarantee you they will do it again."
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