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|Ferriday seeks land donation|
The Ferriday Town Council voted to ask Union Pacific Railroad to donate or present the town with a market price for 12.28 acres of land near the old Pasternack building, postponed awarding a bid for the renovation of the Florida Street gym, and opted not to lease land with an oxidation pond off Serio Lane.
This action came during a special meeting Tuesday.
The land owned by the railroad is near the old train depot and runs from Louisiana Avenue to Tennessee Avenue. The town is hoping to use that land for an amphitheater.
"The town does not own that land," said Mayor Gene Allen. "The town owns 10 feet on one side, 30 feet on another side and five feet on the back. We've been keeping that land up for 17 years and we're asking them to give us a fair market value for the land. We need to get the wheels in motion to get this going."
The town received a LGAP grant or $35,000 to renovate the Florida Street gym and advertised for someone to do the work on the property. Allen said the town received one bid, $54,000 from D.C. Lamarr.
But alderman Glen Henderson said the renovation project did not include work on the back half of the gym.
Henderson also opposed putting a flat roof on the gym, as was described in the renovation.
"We'll be back to needing to repair the gym in two years," he said.
The gym was used by Ferriday High School's basketball team back in the 1980s and '90s, but the school renovated its own gym at the school.
But plans were to repair the gym for the school to use again, as well as for recreation.
Ferriday's basketball teams had to play a game against Lake Providence in Vidalia High's gym this year because the roof leaked.
"I saw some things we need to reassess," Henderson said. "We need to repair the floor because it is very slippery and there's a lot of condensation during the winter and kids slip down a lot."
Aldermen Jerome Harris and Johnnie Brown said they would like to see if the town could find an employee do some of the repairs to lower the cost.
The council voted to bring a new list to the April meeting and re-advertise.
As for the land on Serio Blvd., which includes an oxidation pond covering 20 acres, Allen said Dr. Dennis LaRavia and Gerald Vaught have expressed interest in leasing the land for hunting purposes.
But Allen said the paperwork and cost to declare the site safe would not be worth the price of leasing the land.
"The site is clean, but it's more than we want to bargain with," Allen said.
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