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|Three aldermen pushing bingo despite opposition|
Although the idea of bringing bingo to Ferriday drew strong opposition at a public hearing on July 22, three members of the Ferriday Town Council have called a special meeting Thursday to push the matter again.
The session will be the third special meeting the new council has had since taking office this month, and the second on bingo even though the town attorney said last week an ordinance on the matter could only be addressed at a regular meeting.
Elijah Banks, Jerome Harris and Gloria Lloyd signed the request for the meeting, while Somer Lance elected not to sign it and Johnnie Brown was not available, according to three aldermen pushing the matter.
"We need to start conducting our business in a regular meeting, even if it takes five hours," said Mayor Glen McGlothin. "That's $500 a pop ($100 for each alderman for each special meeting) and the town cannot afford that."
The purpose of the special meeting requested by Banks, Harris and Lloyd is to introduce an ordinance for electronic video bingo and to set a date for a public hearing and to vote on the ordinance.
"My deal is unless a bunch of people come in for it I am not supporting it," McGlothin said. "So far almost everybody who has come to the meeting has been against it. But the board has the right to do what they want to do and the citizens can come back and voice their opinions."
If the town council votes to bring bingo to Ferriday, the mayor has the right to veto it. The board can then veto the vote of the mayor if four of the five aldermen approve overriding the mayor's vote.
After almost an hour of a public hearing on July 22, Ferriday town attorney Anna Ferguson told members of Big Bucks Bingo that an ordinance to introduce bingo to the town could only be presented at a regular town council meeting.
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