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|Triton, Ferriday officials spar over contract|
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin and Town Attorney Anna Ferguson sparred verbally with Triton Water Technologies, Inc., attorney Preston Castille over a contract before going into executive session during the Town Council's regular meeting Tuesday night.
The Town Council agreed to terminate its contract with Triton at a special meeting in May and notified Triton of the decision.
McGlothin said when the contract with Triton to overhaul the water system was signed, part of the agreement was that Triton get front-end funding for the project.
"The problem is they have not provided funding," McGlothin said.
Castille said discussion of the termination of the contract should take place during the regular meeting. McGlothin insisted the matter dealt with litigation and had to be discussed during executive session.
Castille argued there was no litigation involved and wanted the discussion public.
Alderman Gloria Lloyd asked why it could not be talked about in public and said she felt the public should hear Triton's side of the story.
"I actually voted against the contract, but there are two sides to every story," Lloyd said. "We need to hear Triton's side."
"But it is important not to try this case in public," Alderman Johnnie Brown answered.
McGlothin waved his hands as he and Castille heatedly discussed the issue. At one point, Castille told McGlothin not to point his finger at him.
"I am not pointing my fingers at you, I am making a point," the mayor answered.
After the two continued exchanging words, McGlothin said, "You are not running this meeting, we are."
At the end of the executive session, the board passed a motion by Brown to have attorneys from both sides meet and try to reach an agreement.
In other business, McGlothin said two new aerators have been installed at the water plant for a total of six. He said the town is now in compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality.
"McGlothin said the town received three LGAP contracts for downtown development and the police department.
In other business, Lloyd asked if Rev. Greg Oliver could use the old Kelly's Kids building to open up a daycare. McGlothin said Ferriday Oil & Seed is interested in the building, as well as a company from Mississippi.
"Tell Rev. Oliver to have a look and present a plan and we'll look and see what is best for the Town of Ferriday," McGlothin said.
Heather Malone of Concordia Economic Development said she didn't believe the building could be used for daycare since it is located in the industrial park.
On the subject of condemned houses, Ernest Davis of Davis Mortuary told the board he wants 60 days to clean up and remodel his funeral home building, which has been condemned.
"We were told that eight years ago," McGlothin said. "All the neighbors want it torn down."
His request was granted.
Two proclamations will be placed on the next agenda honoring Pinky Washington, who will turn 100, and Susie Jackson, who will be 108 in August.
The board granted an Occupational License to Time Out Game Center on Second Street.
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