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|No quorum for special town meeting|
Due to a lack of quorum for a special meeting today (Wednesday), a resolution to declare an "extreme public emergency" concerning Ferriday's water plant could not be passed.
The town has 10 days to hold a special meeting for the declaration, which Mayor Glen McGlothin said will allow the town to contract for repair or replacement of its water plant without having to advertise, which will speed up the work process by 30 days.
Emergency funding for the initial work was provided through a $250,000 grant from the governor's office which was announced today.
Aldermen Elijah "Stepper" Banks and Gloria Lloyd did not show for the special meeting. In attendance were Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Brown and aldermen Somer Lewis and Jerome Harris.
Banks and Lloyd could not be reached for comment.
McGlothin was in route to Clarksdale, Miss., for a previously scheduled meeting on Downtown Revitalization. Because Brown was serving as mayor pro tem he could not vote on the declaration.
"This would have expedited the process," McGlothin said via cellphone en route to the meeting in Mississippi. "Everyone was aware that I would not be there, but I did not have to be there. Everyone knew about this meeting two weeks ago."
He said another meeting will be scheduled next week.
"Right now we're looking at December getting this built and off the boil notice," he said. "But if we don't pass this declaration it will be January or February of next year."
McGlothin said when a new tank is built, it will be part of a new water plant that will be built when more funding is available.
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